Nov 23, 2011

New Clip From Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

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I like it! Nothing earth-shattering here, of course, except that we're seeing a whole scene between two IMF team members who are not Ethan Hunt, which in itself is a good thing because it's a sign that the rumors might be true; we might actually be getting more of a genuine team movie this time out, in keeping with the far superior TV series! But the scene also demonstrates what director Brad Bird told the LA Times last week: "It's a little more playful than the other Mission: Impossible films." I like the humor in this scene, and I particularly like that it provides a new spin on a very old M:I trope: the mission planning sequence. These scenes were always too serious on the show for any exchange of this sort, but can you imagine Willy or someone stopping Barney in the middle of a tech-heavy computer speech to question him the way Jeremy Renner does to Simon Pegg here? I think it would have made for a good moment back then, and it clearly does in the present.